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India’s Invisible Farmers

India’s Invisible Farmers

Millions of Women Yet to Be Recognised as Farmers

Nearly 75 percent of India’s female rural workforce does farming full-time, in addition to managing their households, according to a report by the non-governmental organisation Oxfam India. But when we think of a farmer, we only think of a man. “Despite their role in agriculture, women hardly own any land,” the report reveals. “Without land titles, women have very little access to credit, and are often barred from government schemes to support farmers or extension programmes.”

I met with many such women farmers in eastern Bihar state’s Buxar district to learn about their dreams and grievances. The video above will give you a glimpse into their lives.

StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.

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